Tag: BCF.

BCF grows influence on global coatings industry stage

At the annual meeting of the World Coatings Council in March 2021, Tom Bowtell, Chief Executive of the British Coatings Federation, was elected Vice President. The World Coatings Council is made up of members representing associations from the United States, China, European Union, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Japan, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Turkey, France, Germany,... Read more »

Record levels of satisfaction with BCF’s services

The British Coatings Federation’s (BCF) recent member survey showed record satisfaction scores for BCF services, with an average rating of 8.2 out of 10 across 12 categories. The highest satisfaction rating related to BCF support in helping members prepare for Brexit, followed by member communications, response during the Covid crisis and staff service. Overall, 94%... Read more »

Raw material availability & price hikes may end up as 2021’s biggest issue

Lack of availability of key raw materials and packaging, and significant price increases are causing significant disruption to the coatings and printing ink industries in the UK and across Europe. There are four significant trends affecting raw material prices: Strong global market demand has led to shortages on many raw materials The oil price has... Read more »

UK Coatings industry faces significant challenges

UK Coatings industry faces significant challenges as result of the new Free Trade Agreement with the EU A recent survey of British Coatings Federation (BCF) members demonstrates how Brexit has impacted negatively on the coatings sector in the form of new customs red-tape and higher costs since 1st January.  The survey reported higher shipping costs,... Read more »

Will the UK coatings industry experience a Brexit dividend?

Will the UK coatings industry experience a Brexit dividend? View On-Demand Tom Bowtell CEO BCF Coatings and printing ink industry sales trends, economic drivers for the sector and balance of trade with the EU and other trading partners David Park Public Affairs Manager BCF Impact of EU exit on BCF members in the first weeks’... Read more »

What a Difference a Year (Hopefully) Makes

Most people on the planet were glad to see the back of 2020. The authors of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle might have glossed over the sheer awfulness with something like ‘2020 was a terrible year,’ and left it at that. Tempted as I might be to do the same, it is worth noting again just how... Read more »

Raw Material Price Increases Pile on Pressure

Sharp price increases for epoxy resins and supply bottlenecks are now adding to the difficulties of paint and coatings manufacturers in the UK and across Europe, and further compounding the already existing pressures caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting disruption. On top of this some manufacturers are also reporting additional friction being caused by... Read more »

British Coatings Federation welcomes FTA

British Coatings Federation welcomes FTA but calls for more significant changes to UK REACH The British Coatings Federation has welcomed the news of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the UK and EU. Despite the lateness of the decision, an FTA will mean, among other things, that BCF members will be able to benefit from... Read more »